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Expert Tips on How to Succeed in Business

As Donald Trump’s first Apprentice, Rogaine "growth coach" Bill Rancic knows a thing or two about succeeding in business. We picked his brain on how to capitalize on career opportunities to help you get ahead.

In business, first impressions are just about everything. Bill Rancic certainly made one on billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump, who hired him to be his first Apprentice. “Business professionals immediately size you up the minute you walk through the door,” says the 42-year-old entrepreneur, new father, and “growth coach” for Rogaine. “I’m not saying it’s right, but you need to be aware of that and try to put your best face forward.”

Of course, a good head of hair isn't all it takes to succeed in your career. The New York Times best-selling author of You’re Hired: How to Succeed in Business and Life doles out more advice on becoming a successful businessman.

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Acing the Job Interview

First, you’ve got to be yourself. Many guys go into these job interviews and try to tell the interviewer what they think they want to hear, even if it might not be true about themselves. Secondly, don’t be a know-it-all. A lot of young guys go in and they want to talk about all their success in the few jobs they’ve had thus far. Let them know about your work ethic instead. Say, “Hey, I may not be the most experienced guy here, but I’m going to be the hardest-working guy here.” Honesty and commitment score a lot of points.

Asking for a Raise

Obviously the status of the country financially has made this a bit of a sore subject. But if you can justify and quantify what you’ve done, there’s nothing wrong with it. Just go in there expecting to be challenged and have the ammunition to explain what you’ve brought to the company.

Starting a Business Venture

When starting your own business for the first time, you have to go into it with your eyes wide open. A lot of young guys like the idea of being an entrepreneur, but they don’t like everything else associated with it. Be prepared to work from five in the morning to 10 at night, with no days off. You’re probably not going to get paid for a long period of time, so set realistic goals. Eventually you’ll get there, but it’s an uphill battle until you do.

Leaving a Job

Our generation is not like our parents’. They would take a job, do it for 20–30 years—no matter how unhappy they were—and then retire. Our outlook on life is that we’re meant to be happy in all aspects of it. Consider yourself lucky if you realize, “Hey, I don’t love what I’m doing,” because a lot of people don’t realize until they’ve already devoted their entire lives to it. There’s nothing wrong with changing careers midstream. If you’re not passionate about what you do, you’re not going to be willing to make the sacrifices that are needed in order to become highly successful in that arena.

Finding Time for Fitness

I take my sneakers everywhere I go and tie them to the outside of my bag so I don’t have the excuse of them taking up too much room. When traveling, I never check luggage, so my sneakers go with me everywhere. I always try to find hotels that have gyms or areas nearby for outdoor workouts. You have to be conscientious of your diet, now matter where you area. If you’re on airplanes all the time, like me, stick to these rules: Never drink and try to avoid the peanuts. Pack something satisfying like a turkey sandwich instead.

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